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Bingo winners announced
Te Anau's Kate Norris is
the winner of the Fiordland
Advocate's inaugural Business
Bingo competition, earning a
$1000 spending spree simply for
Readers were given four weeks
to complete a Bingo board
published weekly in the Advocate
by collecting a sticker at each of
the 25 participating Fiordland
businesses to complete their
board and go in the draw. An
additional prize draw of a $250
shopping spree was drawn from
those who completed one or
more lines on their board - the
more lines completed, the more
chances to win. The winner of
this draw was Chelsea McLean,
of Te Anau, who incidentally also
Chelsea McLean, at the Lotto counter
of Te Anau Four Square.
managed to complete her entire
board. Te Anau Four Square, which
she and her husband Blair run,
was also a participating business
in the promotion so she got the
opportunity to see the game in
action from both sides.
Mrs Norris said she'd had a great
time working her way around all
of the businesses, especially in
figuring out what she could buy
at places she did not traditionally
visit very often.
"I even got my eyebrows waxed,"
An unexpected bonus had been
getting to meet the owners and
operators of the businesses on
a more personal level, and she
said all of them had been great
at offering suggestions and
explaining their range.
Her 40th birthday, which fell within
the competition period, was well
and truly celebrated with lunch
with the girls, dinner with family
and another meal out with friends.
"We definitely wined and dined
the occasion, put it that way," she
said. "It was a bit of fun."
She said many of her friends also
started the competition but as
they fell by the wayside she found
herself even more determined to
fill the board.
"They'd give up, they weren't as
dedicated - it became a bit of an
So much so that because the
family was heading out of town
for the school holidays she
bought vouchers at some of the
participating businesses planning
to spend them this week on her
retu rn .
Although yet to make a final
decision, she said that at this
stage she was thinking about
splitting her winnings between
H&J Smith ("I'm going to have a
real upgrade on my bed linen - a
bit of luxury!"), Outside Sports and
the Sandfly Café.
Mrs McLean said she had also
really enjoyed getting out and
about and the feeling was echoed
by customers who came to her
store as part of the promotion.
"It was nice to see so many
businesses participating. It was
great to boost sales during the
cold winter months," she said.
"People were really excited to try
and fill a line or board."
The Norris family (clockwise, from left) Liam, Hannah, Steve, Olivia, Kate and
DJ who have $1000 to spend at their choice of 25 Fiordland business after
winning the Fiordland Advocate's inaugural Business Bingo promotion.
"It was a good community game,
and I hope to see it again next
Fiordland Business Bingo will
definitely be back again next
winter. Meanwhile, Winton's
Business Bingo enters its second
week today (July 17). The Bingo
boards are published weekly
in the Advocate throughout the
competition period. All purchases,
regardless of the amount spent,
qualify for a sticker.
In the running for New Zealand squad
By Brendan McBryde
Two Te Anau club rugby players
are among those selected to
represent Southland in a new
national provincial competition
to be played in Taupo later this
Kane Prentice, 19, and Isaac
Wairau, 18, are in the running
for selection for the 2015 New
Zealand under-20 squad after
making the cut for Southland's
new under-19 team.
"It's second to the Stags," Isaac
said. "A scout comes around the
games, and from that they pick
Te Anau coach Barry Taylor said it
had been years since such young
players from the club had made
a representative team, recalling
Craig Sutherland's selection in the
Southland under-20 squad about
five years back.
The Southland team is part of a
South Island pool including Otago,
Canterbury, and Tasman, which
will converge with New Zealand's
other provincial teams in spring
to play for selection in a national
The tournament was put in place
to facilitate selection for the New
Zealand under-20 squad - the
Junior All Blacks - and to curb
the falling participation in rugby in
players who have left high school.
Training for the Southland
squad fell on Tuesday nights,
the same as Division 1 training
with the Te Anau club, so the
boys were working hard as the
club competition wound up with
knockout rounds, Isaac said.
Te Anau Rugby Club president
Roger Foote said the New
Zealand under-20s had had two
consecutive semi-final exits from
the Junior World Championship in
the last two years, which may have
contributed to the energy being
put into the new squad.
"The problem is the last two junior
All Blacks teams have lost, so
they're actually putting the feelers
right out through New Zealand,"
he said. "Now they need to win it
Every NPC team in New Zealand
and additional Heartland rugby
teams would make for 16 teams
that would play in Taupo in late
September and early October,
Mr Foote said. From that, a large
initial squad will be selected to
train towards the New Zealand
"They'll probably take 60 or 70
guys," he said. "It's good for
the club, good for the town. The
younger players can look up to
them and see that they could do
Southland's first pre-tournament
game will be against Canterbury in
Christchurch on August 23.
Selected from clubs in the
Fiordland Advocate circulation
area: Midlands: Jordan Stewart,
Sam Stewart, Matt Brame. Te
Anau: Kane Prentice and Isaac
Wairau. Wrights Bush: Logan
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